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The following chart presents ratings for Sunday, Monday and Wednesday night MLB games on ESPN and ESPN2, with comparisons to ’04. Overall, ESPN is posting an average Nielsen cable rating of 1.0 after 22 games in ’05, up 11.1% from a 0.9 after 19 games in ’04. After 12 games, ESPN2 is up 14.3% from ’04, with an average cable rating of 0.8, compared to a 0.7 through 15 games last year. Through six games, ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” average cable rating of 1.3 is down 13.3% from a 1.5 rating for six telecasts in ’04. Households are presented in millions (ESPN).
NETDATE'05 GAMESRAT/HHs'04 GAMESRAT/HHs%+/-"SUNDAY NIGHT BASEBALL" ON ESPN ESPN24/3Red Sox-Yankees2.7/2,396Red Sox-Orioles1.9/1,62942.1% ESPN4/10White Sox-Twins1.2/1,107Giants-Padres1.8/1,596-33.3% ESPN4/17Braves-Phillies2.0/1,795Athletics-Angels1.3/1,18453.8% ESPN4/24Angels-Athletics1.2/1,042Braves-Marlins1.6/1,450-25.0% ESPN5/1Mets-Nationals1.4/1,292Red Sox-Rangers1.9/1,687-26.3% ESPN5/8Dodgers-Reds1.1/1,020Phillies-D'Backs1.0/91010.0% ESPN5/15Giants-Astros0.9/846Angels-Orioles1.1/985-18.2%"MONDAY NIGHT BASEBALL" ON ESPN ('05)/ESPN2 ('04) ESPN4/18Cubs-Reds0.7/670NANANA ESPN4/25Braves-Mets0.9/834White Sox-D'Backs0.7/57728.6% ESPN5/2Cardinals-Reds0.8/684White Sox-Orioles0.5/45660.0% ESPN5/9Mariners-Yankees0.9/822Indians-Red Sox0.7/61628.6%"WEDNESDAY NIGHT BASEBALL" ON ESPN AND ESPN2 (7/8 PM ET) ESPN24/6Braves-Marlins0.8/679Giants-Astros0.9/779-11.1% ESPN24/13Yankees-Red Sox1.3/1,135NANANA ESPN24/20Cubs-Cardinals0.9/779Cardinals-Astros^0.8/71712.5% ESPN4/27Angels-Yankees1.0/898Athletics-Yankees1.1/1,014-9.1% ESPN5/4Red Sox-Tigers0.7/628White Sox-Orioles0.6/51816.7% ESPN5/11Dodgers-Cardinals0.8/729Braves-Cardinals0.6/50133.3% ESPN25/11Astros-Marlins0.4/332NANANA"WEDNESDAY NIGHT BASEBALL" ON ESPN2 (10 PM ET) ESPN24/6Dodgers-Giants0.5/407Dodgers-Padres0.3/30266.7% ESPN24/13Giants-Dodgers0.8/701Padres-Giants0.4/360100.0% ESPN24/20Indians-Angels0.5/465Braves-Giants0.5/4650.0% ESPN24/27D'Backs-Dodgers0.5/425Yankees-Athletics0.5/4270.0% ESPN25/4Nationals-Dodgers0.4/342Cubs-Dodgers0.5/432-20.0%
NOTES: NA = No comparable game aired. ^ = ’05 game aired on ESPN2 while the ’04 game aired on ESPN.